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CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Aaron » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:05 am

Hi,

Can anyone in Vancouver and Victoria confirm whether Bell is running Pure Country on 103.5/107.3's HD subchannels?

It's running now in Toronto on 99.9 HD-4
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Dan Sys » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:51 pm

Gord at Northwest Broadcasters tells me that there is nothing on CHQM HD-4. I guess CHBE HD in Victoria is out of range.
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Dan Sys » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:49 am

Ron Robinson in Victoria passes word that CHBE HD-4 is running Pure Country.
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Aaron » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:19 am

Thanks for the update - seems obvious that it will end up on 103.5.

Will be interesting to see if they put it on in Calgary, Edmonton, and Halifax, each already having 2 country stations. I"ll bet they do anyway. Montreal would make sense too. They'll not put in on in Ottawa, where it's already on FM.

Am I missing any markets where Bell has HD?
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby jon » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:50 am

To date, no Edmonton area stations have HD installed, to the best of my knowledge. In my last HD band scan, KSL-1160 Salt Lake City was the only HD I could get on AM or FM.
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Aaron » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:52 pm

My bad - assumed Edmonton and Calgary had gone with the rest.
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Dan Sys » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:02 pm

Aaron said:
Am I missing any markets where Bell has HD?


Bell has been authorized to launch HD in Kitchener on CKKW 99.5 and in St. Catharines on CHTZ 97.7. Unaware if they are on the air yet.
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Re: CHQM / CHBE HD

Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:58 am

97.7 isn't yet. Don't know about 99.5.

The reason for 99.5 going HD is interesting. It's co-channel with WDCX in Buffalo. When WDCX went HD, it meant radios in Kitchener would default to it whenever there was a hint of an HD signal. Bell had to get K-FUN running in HD to counter that.
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